David Gioiello, the Democrat running for mayor in Shelton, has announced 12 pledges as part of his campaign. On Monday, Gioiello released a signed document with the written promises.
Gioiello, who also is Shelton Democratic Town Committee chairman, is running against 11-term Republican Mayor Mark Lauretti.
The pledges include proposing no tax increase during his first year in office or to work for free as mayor that year; to avoid transactions that could be viewed as improper or a conflict of interest; and to listen to people’s ideas — including criticism — without dismissing them as personal attacks.
Here in full is the text of his pledge document:
I, David Gioiello, hereby make the following pledges that I intend to fulfill if I am elected mayor of Shelton:
1. I pledge to keep property taxes low and stable for the benefit of Shelton’s residents and business development. Further for fiscal year 2014-15 I will propose a zero increase in property taxes or will work for free for the fiscal year.
2. I pledge to present fiscally sound budgets.
3. I pledge to immediately work on restoring your trust and faith in our city government given the scandals that have plagued Shelton for years.
4. I pledge to hold all city employees responsible for illegal or unethical conduct.
5. I pledge to not enter into any transaction which may be perceived as improper or as a conflict of interest with my position as mayor.
6. I pledge to run my administration in an open and transparent manner.
7. I pledge to treat every fire code violation as serious in nature.
8. I pledge to work with the Board of Education and continuously evaluate the security in our schools in an effort to ensure the safety of our children.
9. I pledge to support the appropriate funding of our school system for the betterment of our children’s education.
10. I pledge to listen respectfully to ideas, suggestions, critiques or questions from all residents and to not dismiss them as “personal attacks.”
11. I pledge to personally refuse any free memberships or other gifts.
12. I pledge to work my hardest to make Shelton a great place to live, to work and to do business.